Western General Hospital

Western General Hospital
Crewe Road South
Telephone: 0131 537 1000

The Western General Hospital provides a comprehensive range of general and specialist services to the people of Edinburgh, Lothian and beyond.

The hospital has circa 570 beds (including day beds) and is home to the regional centres for cancer and clinical neuroscience, the Regional Infectious Diseases Unit, and the award-wining, nurse-led Minor Injuries Clinic. Staff in the clinic treat more than 20,000 patients a year for a wide range of minor injuries and ailments. The clinic is open every day from 8am to 9pm - no appointment necessary. If you're not sure whether your injury is suitable for treatment at the Minor Injuries Clinic, phone the clinic before your visit on 0131 537 1330 / 1331.

The Western General is part of NHS Lothian’s University Hospitals Division. To find out more about the history of the Western General Hospital, please visit our history pages.

For a map and instructions of how to get to the WGH please see our Getting to the WGH booklet.


The Western General offers patients a wide range of services including:

  • Acute medicine
  • Breast surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes
  • Dietetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Haematology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Laboratories
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Palliative medicine
  • Renal dialysis
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology

For a complete list of services at Lothian hospitals, look at our A to Z of Services.

Visiting times

Please check the visiting times with the individual wards. You can do this by calling the ward through the hospital switchboard on 0131 537 1000.

Last Reviewed: 23/03/2016